Winter Law School

SLJ Winter Law School, GC Campus July 2019. Wizards, Witches and Traditional Knowledge.

Complete a fully-accredited academic unit towards your law degree or accrue continuing professional development (CPD) points at the 2019 Winter Law School.

Giving you a unique global insight into diverse legal contexts and dimensions, as well as diverse study topics that give you an extra angle to add to your professional portfolio, the School has captured the interests of students, both locally and internationally, year after year. Cross-institutional, non-award and international students are particularly welcome.

These units will be valuable to people from a wide range of backgrounds and may be counted as CPD for legal practitioners.

Cross Institutional enrolments    Non-Award enrolments

Current SCU students can enrol at

For more information, contact us on 1800 626 481 or by email  

Legal Fictions: Writing the Law (LAW73004)

10 - 13 July 2019, Gold Coast Campus

9am - 1pm

Delivered by intensive classes in Week 1 of Session 2. 

Legal Fictions will encourage students to investigate the ways in which images of law in popular culture depict, distort and critique the legal process, the role of lawyers, even jurisprudence itself.

Delivered by: Professor William MacNeil []

Professor MacNeil is the inaugural holder of The Honourable John Dowd Chair in Law, as well as the Dean and Head of the School of Law and Justice. MacNeil is a scholar of jurisprudence and cultural legal studies and his most recent book, Novel Judgements: Legal Theory as Fiction, won the 2013 Penny Pether Prize for Scholarship in Law, Literature and the Humanities. He is the editor of the book series, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities, and is completing a book on the philosophy of law in science fiction, fantasy and horror. 

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Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context (LAW72016)

14 - 17 July 2019, Gold Coast Campus

9am - 1pm

Delivered by intensive classes in Week 2 of Session 2.

The study of the criminalisation and prosecution of witchcraft in England during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and early eighteenth centuries will extend students’ knowledge to a historical discipline, giving a strategic balance of past and present concepts in the global sphere of law and an extensive spectrum of expertise.

Delivered by: Dr Gregory Durston []

Dr Gregory Durston studied history for his first degree before turning to the law. He qualified and worked as a barrister and has taught at law schools in England and Japan. He was, for many years, Reader in law at Kingston University. He is the author of numerous books and articles, most of them on criminal justice history and the English law of evidence.

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Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and intellectual Property (LAW72013)

14 – 17 July, Gold Coast Campus

2pm - 6pm

Delivered by intensive classes in Week 2 of Session 2.

In Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property students will be introduced to basic concepts associated with intellectual property and how these forms of law interact with traditional knowledge and cultural expressions. 

Delivered by: Dr Allison Fish []

Dr. Allison Fish is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research lies at the intersections of law, socio-cultural anthropology, and science and technology studies. The three questions that have directed much of her recent work are: What are the legal forms, technological infrastructures, and cultural logics that shape information/knowledge management practices? How do law and technology function together to mediate access? And How is accessibility increasingly framed as a fundamental human right and critical pathway to social enfranchisement? To date, the bulk of her research has addressed the application of intellectual property law to the regulation of various domains including; international markets for South Asian classical health systems, the development of digital archives and databases designed to function as defensive publications against future patents, and the impact of open access on scholarly communication practices.

Unit details:

The following units are to be confirmed as to offering and location

The Rhetoric of Law (LAW71006)

Intensive dates: TBC

Time: TBC

Location: TBC

Unit Info:

Explores the discursive conventions of Law, a discipline predicated on powerful narratives and solid rhetorical practices while simultaneously denying that it is anything other than the simple application of known and certain rules.

As Wetlaufer notes “Rhetoric offers us a set of tools for thinking about the discursive conventions within which we work”.  Students will have the opportunity to explore Law’s rhetoric and the stories it tells about itself while developing their own rhetorical toolboxes, drawing upon classical traditions from Plato, Quintillian and Socrates to the new rhetoric identified by Chaim Perelman

Presenter: Merran Lawler/Jonathan Harlan

Further information


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